THE HISTORY OF MUSIC #11

Thompson Twins Into the Gap

THOMPSON TWINS
Into the Gap
[Arista]

About six years ago, before moving for the second time in less than nine months, I gave away a good portion of my collection of 80s pop records: Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Altered States, et al. I was thankful for not having to schlep a few more boxes, but after I was moved into my new place, I regretted the decision. Even if I never listened to any of those records again, it was somewhat comforting just to own them. The 80s dayglo colors of record covers like Into The Gap, Colour By Numbers and She's So Unusual —I mean, the future was so bright, we had to wear shades for godsake! That’s what Timbuk 3 advised anyway. Nowadays, the future is not so bright and shiny.

Since that time, I have determined that much of my record buying present and future will be involved in reclaiming my record owning past. Which brings me to a recent thrift store discovery, the aforementioned Into The Gap. Into the Gap was Thompson Twin’s 1984 chart topper. What the three twins produced in this release is a great pop record by any decade’s standards. It didn’t hurt that they had, not only a firm grasp on 80s fashion, but the means to capitalize on it. They did it so well, in fact, that their many detractors thought they were simply flash and fluff with no substance. Into the Gap proves those assertions wrong. The record is full of great synth hooks, danceable beats and soaring vocals backed with great harmonies.

The Thompson Twin’s had both style and substance by way of good songwriting chops. The album's two certified hits, "Hold Me Now" and “Doctor! Doctor!" are still radio mainstays but deeper cuts like “The Gap," "Sisters of Mercy," and "You Take Me Up" were equally worthy of 80s chart success. Class dismissed!Chris Auman


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